Our pets are at the centre of our home and family life and just like any other family member their health and well-being is important. To safeguard your pet from potentially serious and sometimes fatal diseases we recommend our preventative healthcare club for every pet in which you’ll find vaccinations are an integral part.

Why vaccinate your pet?

Unvaccinated pets are at risk of contracting serious and fatal diseases. Like they say ‘prevention is better than a cure’, and it is no different with the diseases that can affect our dogs and cats. Most of these diseases are viral and do not respond well to medication and unfortunately they can be fatal. For this and other reasons we strongly recommend vaccinations.

You can protect your dog or cat from contracting these diseases by the vaccination program recommended by us.

When should you vaccinate your pet?

Generally puppies and kittens require a primary vaccination course followed by an annual booster to ensure ongoing protection from disease.

Your young animal will usually start his/her primary vaccination course at 8-9 weeks of age. The course consists of 2-3 vaccine injections at an interval of 2-4 weeks apart, the last one given when your pet is approximately 16 weeks old.

Most vaccine producers recommend only 2 vaccine injections however experts associated with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association recommend that young animals between 8 – 16 weeks receive 3 vaccine injections.

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At Barry’s Vets before every vaccination we like to discuss how your young animal is developing and perform a thorough comprehensive physical examination.

Annual Booster

We recommend that your pet receives an annual vaccination injection. This helps boost its immunity against those dangerous diseases. If your pet has missed an annual booster our vet will advise on the best course of action.

Canine Infectious Cough

It is also worth considering vaccinating your dog against Canine Infectious Cough especially if it socialises a lot. Infectious cough can potentially be caught from other dogs in the park, or an afternoon at the groomers or a visit to our clinic.

Most boarding kennels, doggy day care centres and dog walkers insist on it.

Canine Infectious Cough is caused by a bacteria and a virus and can be very distressing for your pet(and owner). This vaccine is different in that it works locally by absorption through the nasal or oral mucosa (squirted up the dog’s nose or into the side of the mouth, not injected).

Rabbit Vaccination

Rabbits are also susceptible to lethal viral infections that can cause intense suffering therefore protection through vaccination is very important. Vaccination of a young rabbit can start anytime after 8 weeks of age followed by a booster every six months.

Rabbit vaccination will protect against Myxomatosis and Viral Haemorrhagic disease.